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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: In and Out (04/30/09)

TITLE: Merging Menace
By Pam Ford Davis
05/04/09


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Have you ever felt intimidated on a busy interstate when seeing an approaching 18 wheeler, or one in your rear view mirror? I share your apprehension; but let me explain the other side of the story!


My husband chose truck driving as a 2nd career after many years in the broadcasting business. He moved from behind a microphone and camera, to behind the steering wheel. Driving requires skill and stamina, but also drivers need patience and understanding. He is a courteous driver, does not ride your bumper or intentionally cut you off in traffic.


Let me share his 2 biggest complaints, and maybe we can cut down his frustration! Number 1 is people not merging in properly, to traffic on interstates. There is a lane designed for drivers to keep a steady speed, and then merge, joining the flow of traffic. A large percentage of drivers just stop, and wait for clear sailing, before getting on the interstate!

He just can not understand that, he gives them plenty of space and time; but they do not enter. I tried to explain that I don’t always trust those on the interstate to let me in; so I would rather wait; others likely feel the same. He still comes up blank!


Number 2 trails closely behind the merging menace. People do not get out of traffic safely, when leaving a highway. Drivers very often switch on their turn signal, approach their turn off, and then linger. Drivers approaching from behind have difficulty keeping a safe speed in the flow of traffic. When reaching our turning location we should get out of the travel lane, and exit safely as quickly as possible. This one tip could prevent many rear end crashes if we would only realize how important it is.


Truck drivers are not a rare breed; most are driving as safely and courteously as possible. Help them to finish their run and return home to their families. I know I want mine to pull in on time to “ My Truck Stop!”


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Jan Ackerson 05/08/09
Unique approach to the topic words!

A note: when writing single-digit numbers, use the word, not the numeral.

This is great advice from the trucker's POV, and a valuable lesson.
D. Phenes05/09/09
We can always learn things by viewing another's perspective. May your husband always make it safe to your "truck stop" God bless